One way to communicate quality through design is with wood. Global Partners’ Alltown Fresh stores have swapped plastic display boxes for wooden crates and incorporated wood from demolished barns into the store design. Avery acknowledges the stigma of convenience stores as a gas station with subpar food, but he believes that design choices such as these can help combat that impression.

“We have used stainless steel in combination with reclaimed wood to show a blend of old and new world workmanship together,” Avery says.


7-Eleven’s lab store uses decorative wood to achieve a simultaneously modern and retro look.